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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Apr 10, 2011 10:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- a monumental barnburner of epic proportion and one of the finest spring tours ever.

sorry utopian, this is an indisputable fact. 1974 is hands down the Grateful Dead's most inspired and creative year ;^)

in all seriousness though, i am frequently rather facetious on this forum. i agree that art is not something that can be quantified necessarily, though i would somewhat disagree in that i do think it can be to an extent.

for example, *i think* that 1973/4 is the band's most inspired year(s) b/c of the dexterity of the playing, the complexity of the performances, sound quality, etc - all quantifiable imho. which can certainly be quantified and argued for other years, like 1977.

but thank you again for calling me out on this, so few question may assertions and i'm always open for a healthy debate.

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Poster: utopian Date: Apr 11, 2011 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- a monumental barnburner of epic proportion and one of the finest spring tours ever.

Ha ha

Somehow these forum discussions seem turn into the age old era debate. Which I would be happy to talk about, although I think it tends to he mire fun and interesting when people have listened to and can appreciate the subtle nuances of the sound and how it changed in yearly or 2 year- ish cycles. (not just the common outlook of; 'I like this year but not this year.' As I brought up some time ago; the band didn't have a meeting on new years day to officially change the sound. There was overlap, mix, experiments, prevalent themes.

So, as a someone in this thread mentioned, it's impossible to compare 60's dead to anything else. The musicians were somewhat the same but the sound was not. So it's easier to translate comparisons within the respected era. For example; 68 to 69, 78 to 79, 89 to 90.

I have to be in the mood for anything pre 77. While i have collected and listened to several complete years of the early 70s, i like some of it (2cd set jam suites, the overall sound of 72 especially and 73, 74 lends more to the folk, country, cowboy feel, more than my preferred level. Alot of people think anything The pace of the groove is much more cohesive to my ears in 77-79, they were more 'on the one' to any James brown fans, and the shows had more of a pace from start to finish. With fall of 79 being, if i had to pick, the highest expression of mindbending funk, dueling Garcia and Lesh leads, and blistering jams.

And honestly don't understand the obsession sone people seem to have with their small pockets of favorite time periods, to the point of never looking out, their mind is made up and concretized. ( but some people enjoy eating hotdogs every single day, and its their right) As I see Many peaks in the deads career, and try to keep the rotation fresh and listen to others recommendations, except 92-95, which I can't seem to see much redeeming value.